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Average family health premiums now top $20,000

Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 5% to average $20,576 this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s just-released 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

27% of adults have a pre-existing condition

An analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation finds that almost 54 million people—or 27% of all adults under age 65—have pre-existing health conditions that would likely have made them uninsurable in the individual markets that existed in most states before the Affordable Care Act.

If court scraps ACA, administration wants to delay law’s demise

The Trump administration plans to seek a stay if the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidates the Affordable Care Act when it issues a ruling in Texas v. Azar—a case in which the Justice Department advocated invalidating the ACA in its entirety.

Out-of-pocket costs rising twice as fast as pay

Employer strategies to shift more health care costs to employees are working.

More workers now eligible for health insurance

The number of workers eligible to receive health coverage through their jobs rose from 2014 through 2018, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Survey: Health, financial wellness benefits work

Among the wellness benefits found to be most effective in the survey by the Prudential insurance company were those that help employees monitor and improve their health, access gyms, get advice on fitness or diet and battle addictions such as smoking.

ACA ‘Cadillac tax’ repealed in House, Senate likely to follow suit

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives on July 17 voted 419-6 to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s unpopular, much-delayed excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans.

Snapshot: Telemedicine takes off!

Almost three-fourths of employer-provided health plans now offer a telemedicine component so employees can consult a health care provider by phone or video chat.

Snapshot: Few employers pay 100% of health premiums

83% of employers require employees to pay part of health insurance premiums.

New rule to expand use of HRAs

The Trump administration has issued a final regulation that will expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements.